an introduction

I am a divorced mother of a Bi-Polar second grader.  His name is Silas and he’s pretty much the most awesome little man you’ll ever meet.

My other half & I have been contemplating the idea of homeschooling him next school year. It’s one of those things I really didn’t see myself doing, but the more I think about it, the more right it seems for us.

This is the last year that Mountain View (3-5 elementary) will be operating. They’re closing it for budget reasons. Silas would have been going there for 3rd grade.  Now that it’s closing, they’re moving third and fourth grade to Grant Street (the k-3 school he attends now). Grant Street is a very old building, almost too small for the students it already has. They don’t even have an official art room anymore because it had to be converted to an additional kindergarten class this year.  Art is now taught in a small portable. The school district will have to put portable units on the Grant street campus for the new classes. They already have a fairly small outdoor playground. This will pretty much eliminate the blacktop area. I don’t even know how they’ll make lunch, PE, music, etc work in the small school.

He has had an amazing teacher for first and second grade, but I don’t know what will happen when he has to switch teachers. I wish Peter could be his teacher forever, but we were so fortunate just to get two years with him.

Also, all of Silas’ mental and emotional issues have been tackled by the school district from a standpoint of “how can we fix him so it’s easier for us?” It seems every step we’ve taken has been to assimilate him into a system he does not thrive in. He is a very bright and attentive child who has so many feelings! It’s been like shoving a square peg into a round hole, over and over and over. The recent problems he’s had with encopresis are another concern. This is something that almost never happens at home because a bathroom is so near. I feel confident that this is something he’ll outgrow, but when it happens at school, it’s a stressful and embarrassing ordeal. These are really secondary reasons, though. It just feels like the right thing for us right now.

So our plan is to bring him home for 3rd grade and try it for a year.  Worst case scenario, we don’t like it or it doesn’t work for us and we go back to public school the next year.  There’s really nothing to lose.  Though I honestly don’t see us switching back.  I really do feel this is a step in the right direction.

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